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The Mirror Image of Sound: A novel written in real time Paperback – April 28, 2014
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About the Author
Dan Djurdjevic lives in Perth, Western Australia. He is married and has two children. He works as a lawyer, teaches martial arts and dabbles in music and sound engineering. From 2009-11 he anchored the radio show “The Combat Sports Hour” on 91.3 SportFM. Dan is the author of the popular (and award-winning) blog “The Way of Least Resistance” and is responsible for its associated YouTube channel. He is a published writer of short fiction. This is his first novel. Further information about Dan can be found on his website: http://www.dandjurdjevic.com.
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The Mirror Image of Sound is an impressive book in many levels. First of all, as mentioned above, it deals with vitally important and timeless themes that will follow you in your life along the years, and it does it superbly (in fact, sharing with you great insight and inspiration about those themes). Also, it uses a simple package (at first sight) of a "science fiction/fantasy story" (by the way, an exciting and well-written aspect of the novel nonetheless) to deliver astonishingly real characters and real human issues everyone actually faces - but very few learn how to deal with. You can hardly understand how the book is so fun (you don't notice the pages running out) but at the same time so deep. The narrative has a peculiar power of showing you real people, full of personality flaws, and you will love them anyway - in fact, you will not only love them, but you will also "live" them, as they have so much to relate with - and even the "antagonists" (that is, antagonists in the same sense that we see in our real lives) are lovable in a certain way, or at least you will hate them with a passion - maybe because they're so real?
It's hard to talk about The Mirror Image of Sound, because we can talk so much and still miss many qualities of the book. One that you could hardly notice but is anyway extremely worth noting is the fact that the author wrote it in "real time". That is, he originally published the novel's chapters as he was writing them (in a website), so we could read it online as it was being written. After the novel was finished it was made into this superb "offline" book (by the way, he wrote this at sleepless night hours while having a full day job and family duties). It makes you wonder how can a writer put such remarkable feat to reality. In the book's afterword, Dan Djurdjevic says he learned it was not necessary to wait for "being in the mood" or for the inspiration to come so that one could start writing. That can be true, but I'd call what he did nothing but a product of genius.
So, once I know I won't be able to describe the qualities of this book the way it deserves, I will finish with only one or two more notes for those who are thinking about reading it: The Mirror Image of Sound uses the "science fiction" narrative hook in a very similar way as Jose Saramago or Gabriel Garcia Marquez would use the fantastic aspects of their stories - that is, to show in fact pure real human beings and human stories. So if you like the aforementioned writers or a good realistic story with psychological depth, I believe you'll enjoy Dan Djurdjevic's The Mirror Image of Sound. If you don't like science fiction or just don't understand it, don't worry, because the book is not really about this and you will just dive deep into the "reality" core of the book, maybe even forgetting about the "science fantasy". But if you happen to enjoy science and/or technology themes as well, yes, you will also love how the author approaches them, too (one way or another, you have to try it, maybe with a free sample of the e-book!).
This book is worth reading more than once, and the timeless human themes it deals with will follow you for all of your life, and so the book will follow with you, as a great source of nourishment and inspiration to your human spirit.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I was annoyed with how predictably pitiful Dan is in the beginning of the book because this is supposed to be our hero, but...there is a reason for it all. You just have to keep reading and you won't be disappointed.
have we really thought about how we'd handle it? A second chance at life,
knowing how badly the first time worked out. There's a certain number of
life-crushed, learned helplessness types who would simply take the
opportunity to repeat their mistakes - personality inertia - and it comes
from not having an inner depth and an ability to trigger foresight.
Dan's humorous treatment of the dilemma is reminiscent of the early Serb comedies
(that knee-slapper "His Pig is Dead, now for his Cow" and the sidesplitting
"Why Forget when you won't Forgive" immediately come to mind). So - does the
protagonist Dan have the goods? I panicked a bit when I found he took a job
in his new incarnation, but then the irritation of Brad, Mr Dixon, Kylie and
Ian began to irritate and perfect like a bead in an oyster. Can't give too
much away, but I wasn't expecting several of the twists - and shudder to
think that the workplace descriptions could be anything but fiction!
The satirical aspects of Dan's observational anecdotes prompted one reader to
"ROFL" - but it's not something Brad would recommend. Dan the author puts
Dan the character in a place where important life questions have to be faced
and gives him a chance to resolve them. How does he go? Does he do what you
would have done? And aren't there just one or two players in everyone's life
who could just do with better insight into their own shortcomings... and a
timely smack upside the head? Funnier than the Serb classic "Breaking Bad in
Novi Sad" and as thoughtful as "My Yugo hit the Wrong Relative". Impressive
debut from Dan - he's wasted in his drzavni posao.
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